unadulterated beauty.

by kendraannie

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:: My nose is crooked ::

:: I have a little cellulite on my thighs ::

:: My smile just isn’t that pretty ::

:: She’s prettier than me ::  

Lately, I have been hearing these demeaning phrases. I have been speaking these demeaning phrases about myself. Our culture has made this mold of the “perfect woman” and shoved it down our throats. And here we are, buying in. The only type of women we perceive as beautiful is a photoshopped 5’11 model with a thigh gap. WHAT?! That is crazy talk. Is there some kind of chart that I’m not aware of that lists each woman in order from prettiest to not-so-prettiest? We are constantly lied to and then we lie to ourselves!

Then I started thinking, where does The Lord play into all of this. Let’s look at what HE says about our beauty. First off, listen to how David describes the creativity of God in the way He created David in Psalms 139 (I know it’s written on every baby nursery wall, but it’s applicable to adults as well). “For you formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalms 139 Can we be more like David and say, “I praise you God, for you created me to be completely unique and beautiful!” Are we not belittling God when we belittle ourselves? We are saying, what God has created is not enough.

Stop believing the lies that the enemy is trying to feed you. Believe what God says about you. Go confidently knowing that He created you simply to be His beautiful daughter. Be a witness to those around you who see you stand boldly in your identity and beauty that lie in Christ alone. 

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”   

Y’all, I’m not saying to go and eat burgers galore, gain an unreasonable amount of weight, never shave your legs, and say “Jesus thinks I’m beautiful.” God calls our bodies temples and we are called to take care of them to the best of our knowledge and ability. Living a healthy lifestyle is GOOD and glorifies God.

But still know that you will have wrinkles, you will have things start sagging, you will have a crooked nose, and you will still and always be beautiful in the eyes of the Lord. Walk in the beauty He has gifted you. We are frail, fragile, beautiful, and closer to glory each day.   :: I am confident in who The Lord created me to be. Unlike any other.

 :: My smile was intricately designed just for me. ::

:: I am a daughter of the great King ::

:: I am beautiful. I am beautiful. I am beautiful. ::

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